Anamorphic art makes the beach your canvas

Mount Maunganui's beach got quite the makeover

Stars Insider

12/07/19 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Curiosity

What do you normally do when you go to the beach? Do you read a book? Try and catch some rays? Swim in the ocean? Maybe you make a sandcastle! Well, for these sand artists, they had something a little more ambitious in mind.

Mount Maunganui, a suburb of Tauranga in New Zealand, got a makeover when a few artists decided to create some 3D art. Jamie Harkins, a local artist (and musician), was in charge of the pieces, though he had some help from other artists: Lucia Lupf, David Rendu, and Constanza Nightingale. He told the New Zealand Herald that he wanted to do something different with sand art, making it more intricate and three-dimensional.

All of the pictures seem like nonsense when you're standing next to or on top of them at the beach. However, they employ a technique called anamorphosis, which means that you need a specific vantage point to view the image.

But what about at the end of the day when the tide takes it away? Well, Harkins actually mentions this. He stated: "I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent."

Click through this gallery to check out some of the amazing art pieces by Harkins and his crew. Maybe you'll be inspired for your next beach day!

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